CLOVER — Seeking to remain in the upper echelon of Region 3-AAAA, the Lady Blue Eagles of Clover High School shift their focus to Nation Ford.
The CHS girls host the Lady Falcons Friday, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Clover High School new gym.
Head coach Sherer Hopkins is looking for the Clover team to turn up the intensity level a notch or two.
“We want to regain the winning form that carried us through an early-season run,” said Hopkins.
The Lady Blue Eagles found the winning formula in last week’s 54-45 conquest of visiting Rock Hill.
Once again, Elizabeth Edmunds impacted the game in a huge way.
Edmunds spearheaded a first-quarter scoring spree that catapulted Clover to a 19-7 advantage.
She scored eight of Clover’s first 12 points in much the same manner as she did in a previous game at rival York.
When the Lady Bearcats went on a scoring spree in the third quarter, the 5-foot-10 sophomore forward answered the call as she has done repeatedly this season.
Hopkins isn’t surprised when Edmunds contributes to the offensive flow.
“Elizabeth has extended her game,” said CHS coach prior to last week’s action.
The Rock Hill girls came out on fire to start the second half, making a 13-2 run and slicing Clover’s lead to a scant three points at 34-31.
Edmunds stepped up again, nailing a 3-pointer that initiated a 7-0 Clover run, pushing the lead back to 10.
Senior floor leader Aaliyah Knox, a swift playmaking point guard, had another solid game with a team high 12 points.
Edmunds and senior mainstay Lauren Richardson were next, each with 11 points. Ryehia Robbins finished in double-figures with 10 points, including two shots from 3-point range.
Senior guard Alexis Brice, another key performer for the Lady Blue Eagles, also scored 10 points.
The CHS girls ran into an inspired South Pointe team Friday night, with the Lady Stallions prevailing, 54-30.
South Pointe assumed command of the proceedings in the first quarter, outscoring the visiting Clover girls 11-3.
Clover got back on track in the second quarter, outscoring the home team 11-10 and trailing by only seven (21-14) at halftime.
But the Lady Stallions spurted again in the third and fourth quarters to seal the upset win.
Edmunds paced the scoring for the Lady Blue Eagles with 8 points. Rounding out the scoring, Knox had 5 points, Maggie Ballard and Lauren Richardson, 4 each; Carmen McCarter, 3; Zasu Carpenter, Brice and Robbins, 2 each; and Breshayla Hall, 1.
Friday’s home game with the Lady Falcons will be followed by the boys game slated for 8 p.m.